The Big Bounce
I thought about the title of this blog more than I normally do for any of my others in the past. “Fatter than Ever”, “How I Gained 25”, or even darker, “The Depths of the Great Weight Gain, Depression and Anxiety”!
I decided that The Big Bounce works because I am a consummate optimist and really do not like negative titles, even though they grab attention.
I have had Big Bounces throughout my 55 years many times, this time however I have a secret weapon a new strategy, a silver bullet. I have,,,,,,,, A Happy Attitude!
Now how you may ask can you have a Happy Attitude when you are 20 lbs over your normal weight? How can you have any happiness at all with this giant looming obstacle?
The answer is, drum roll please, understanding, being rational, and fuel for self improvement.
I anticipated this, and since this is not even close to being the first time the Big Bounce has occurred, been here-done this.
Remember from my two previous blogs I was writing about the knee surgery I went through in December. This is actually the final installment of that series, because the Big Bounce was anticipated from the month long, becoming sedentary, recovery period. The knee injury, a somewhat chronic nagging thing had been effecting my gym routine, life routine, everything routine for quite some time.
I just did not want to admit that my indestructibleness was real.
Nagging little, pain in the ass ding-ding, injuries really do suck. I had just been a complete pansy in committing to the inevitable repair and recovery. I had to admit to myself that being afraid and insecure is ok big boy, take your medicine and do what you are told.
Have I mentioned my brand new listening skills?
Becoming dependent for a short while is sometimes necessary, the whole process is needed and it is acceptable, with a good attitude getting better is just that, time to get better. Does that make sense?
Once my brain finally became ok with this whole thing, the weight gain was understood and acknowledged. Not that I am thrilled with it, but understanding and accepting a problem is the first step to recovery and health.
Let’s get on with this thing!
So the 20 maybe even 25 lbs that found their way back on my frame is not a bad thing at all, because I know that it is TEMPORARY!
Temporary and incentivization to get better, that’s all. In the crucible of living to 100, this is a blip on the radar, knowing that, being ok with that and being focused on getting healthy again is the game plan.
So your take away from this, don’t beat yourself up over bounces, they happen, learn to live with it and get back on the pony and focus on your positivity. The really cool thing about being a MiddleLiving adult is that we have plenty of memories to reflect back on, so do that for a minute and then smile and count your blessings, life really is good and we all need challenges.
Have I mentioned how good the knee feels? Damn that listening stuff really works!
Next week the new training program begins, Train Like an Astronaut, a six month, six days a week program conducted at Michigan State University and the Department of Kinesiology. Stay tuned.